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Sri Lanka Squash Champ Ravindu Laksiri excels in England

Ravindu Laksiri with his trophy
Ravindu Laksiri with his trophy

Top two ranked Men’s Squash players of Sri Lanka Ravindu Laksiri and Shamil Wakeel who took part in Mote Open and Exeter Golf and Country Club Open PSA Satellite Tournaments, which were held in Maid stone- England and Exeter-England respectively made their country proud by performing exceptionally well.

In the Mote Open, Ravindu went on to beat two Englishmen 3-0 and overcame higher ranked Korean Hoony Lee in five (5) sets in the semi final before losing to the top seed Perry Malik in a four setter thus winning his first PSA satellite runner up position in foreign soil.

Shamil Wakeel too displayed a superb court craft to beat Dylan Moran from Ireland in straight sets.

In the Exeter Golf and Country club Open PSA Satellite Tournament Ravindu did extremely well to win the tournament thus becoming the first Sri Lankan Squash players to win a PSA tournament outside Sri Lanka.

Ravindu continued his form beating two Englishmen and then Alex Smith from Ireland in straight sets in the quarter finals. In the semi final he had to overcome stiff opposition from Englishman Mike Harris who stretched Ravindu for a tight five setter. In the final Ravindu created a major upset to beat top seed James Peach from England in a closely contested four setter. Ravindu lost the first set and made a tough comeback saving game points to win the second set at 13/11.

Ravindu was in control of the other two sets and went on to win 11/7 and 11/8 to become the first Sri Lankan to win a PSA tournament outside Sri Lanka. In both cases Ravindu defeated players who had PSA rankings significantly higher than him

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